A Thought piece by James Balmond & Azara Jaleel co-founders of Art & Living by ARTRA Magazine & Balmond Studio together with Jat Holdings

Author Anthony T.Hincks once stated that ‘Colour will always change your perspective.’ The indication being that colour is somehow more than external decoration. It transcends environment, an entity inextricably tied to the mind. The connection makes sense when you think about both our biology and how we engage with the physical world.

Colour is perceived by the eye through different wavelengths of light carried to us by our surroundings and interpreted by the brain. The process of interpretation is key here. This subjective construction of colour has physiological consequences. In other words, when light is transmitted from the eye to the brain and colour is ’formed’, the brain releases a hormone in response, affecting emotions, mind clarity and energy levels. In summation colour impacts feelings and senses by triggering cognitive and emotive responses.

Now that we know a little more about colour, its importance in design becomes evident. Not only can colour define space, form and structure it is also a powerful force that can be used to motivate and stimulate individuals, to control our actions and to create feelings. When making colour choices for your interior spaces, it is crucial to understand colour’s relationship with consciousness on some level.

We know that the world of colour can seem vast. With so many hues, intensities and saturations to explore, as well as infinite combinations to try, it can be difficult to know where to start. To help you to begin choosing a colour scheme for your kitchen, here’s a brief overview of some kitchen colour basics.



If you’re lost in a plethora of colour options, strip everything away and go back to a classic white. You can use white as a safe and neutral colour foundation for your kitchen, allowing experimentation with other colours to emphasise and accent particular features in your kitchen - such as countertops and cabinets. Most people start off their morning in the kitchen, and white can really add vibrancy to the space. It feels fresh and clean, and an all-white kitchen will really stimulate the senses, energizing the mind as soon as one steps inside.


Another neutral colour offering a solid colour base, grey is becoming more and more popular in contemporary kitchens. The misconception is that it is too cold, however this is down to the shade you chose. Much like white, it pairs perfectly with a wide variety of colours, meaning it is a complimentary colour foundation offering many possibilities. Moving from the general to the specific, grey is a fantastic choice for both countertops and cabinets.


The colour red has strong ties with the brain, often triggering feelings of excitement, passion and energy. Red is also believed to stimulate the appetite making it an excellent option for kitchens. The colour itself is very versatile, possessing multiple shades – all of which add some pop and vibrancy in a kitchen. However, due to red’s strength, it is better to use it in moderation as an accent color on the cabinets or a wall.


Blue is another ideal colour for the kitchen. Seeing the colour blue causes the body to create chemicals that stimulate relaxation. So if you want your kitchen to exude feelings of calmness and tranquility, a shade of blue could be the way to go. Lighter shades can form a crisp, clean look and are particularly effective on walls, cabinets, or even the ceiling. Blue can oversaturate a room so it is preferable to use it sparingly. Dark blues can also work well in kitchens, but you must ensure to accent the rest of the room with hints of white, grey or other neutral tones to decrease the saturation effect.


One could argue that yellow is perhaps the most energetic of the warm colours. Accents of yellow will instantly brighten up your kitchen, giving the space more warmth and vibrancy. Yellow also creates feelings of happiness and optimism for the people in your kitchen, as well as grabbing attention. A good option for small spaces, yellow usually makes rooms feel bigger and brighter, and it is perfectly complimented with white and gray accents.


Green is a multifaceted colour that can create a relaxed and balanced aesthetic for your kitchen. There are many shades to explore from mint to apple, both of which are complimented by white and wood accents. If you’re looking for a modern twist, why not try emerald green? It is a striking shade, adding a kinetic feel and boost of energy to the kitchen when used on an accent wall, cabinets, an island or even the floor.

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10th April, 2020 Applied Art